Assessment of landslide-induced damage to structures: the Agnone landslide case study (southern Italy)

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Title: Assessment of landslide-induced damage to structures: the Agnone landslide case study (southern Italy)
Authors: Del Soldato, Matteo | Di Martire, Diego | Bianchini, Silvia | Tomás, Roberto | De Vita, Pantaleone | Ramondini, Massimo | Casagli, Nicola | Calcaterra, Domenico
Research Group/s: Ingeniería del Terreno y sus Estructuras (InTerEs)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ingeniería Civil
Keywords: Landslides | Structurally complex formations | Damage classification | Buildings | Agnone
Knowledge Area: Ingeniería del Terreno
Issue Date: 30-May-2018
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Citation: Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment. 2019, 78(4): 2387-2408. doi:10.1007/s10064-018-1303-9
Abstract: Landslides are among the most important and frequent natural calamities that cause severe socio-economic and human losses. After earthquakes, landslides are responsible for the greatest number of casualties and the largest amount of damage to man-made structures. On average, southern Italy is affected by a high spatial density of landslides due to its complex geological setting, which often predisposes it to slope instability phenomena under both natural and anthropogenic influences. Structurally complex formations are widespread in the southern Apennines and are characterized by high heterogeneity and very poor mechanical properties. Thus, these formations represent one of the main factors contributing to the predisposition of slopes to landsliding. In this paper, landslide-induced damage was investigated and analyzed in an area within the municipality of Agnone (Molise region), which is affected by a complex landslide that involves a structurally complex formation. The approaches used were based on six different methods that have previously been described in the literature, and a comparison of the results was made. Data regarding the damage, which consists largely of cracks observed in buildings and at the ground, were compiled through field surveys. The results were critically analyzed to note the advantages and constraints of each classification scheme. The aim of the work was to apply and compare different approaches in order to test the best and most accurate procedures for assessing damage due to landslides at the scale of individual buildings as well as to provide an objective assessment of the degree of landslide damage to structures and facilities.
Sponsor: The authors thank the University of Florence for funding Dr. Matteo Del Soldato during a PhD research period in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Alicante. The authors also thank the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO), the State Agency of Research (AEI) and the European Funds for Regional Development (FEDER) under projects TEC2017-85244-C2-1-P and TIN2014-55413-C2-2-P and the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport under project PRX17/00439.
ISSN: 1435-9529 (Print) | 1435-9537 (Online)
DOI: 10.1007/s10064-018-1303-9
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © The Author(s) 2018. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
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